Sort file:- Ramsgate, January, 2023.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 24 January, 2023.


Earliest 1871-

King of Denmark

Closed 2005

8 Boundary Road / Denmark Road


King of Denmark 1960s

Above photo, 1960's, Kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Former King of Denmark

Above photos by Paul Skelton 21 July 2012. Showing the former King of Denmark.

King of Denmark sign 1987King of Denmark 1991

Sign above left, 1987. Sign right, December 1991 with thanks from Brian Curtis


Unfortunately closed in 2005 and is a Chinese Restaurant.

The sign used to show a fierce Viking warrior of Denmark, but in fact the name honours King Christian IX of that country, father of Princess Alexandra who came to England in 1863 to marry the Prince of Wales. The pub, at the comer of Denmark Road, was built at that time. Later, it was one of only two tied houses belonging to Edgar Austen's Regent Brewery in the town.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 7 July, 1964.

Lightning hits the "King of Denmark."

Mr & Mrs Lawrence 1964

The "King of Denmark" public house, at Boundary Road, Ramsgate, was in the news a month ago, because of a thunderstorm which raged over the town on a Saturday afternoon. While the landlord's wife was placing some pies on the counter, a blue streak of lightning flashed across the bar.

It hit her in the arm, struck a television set and a stool was flung across the room, she said afterwards.

Licensee, Mr. Ronald V. Lawrence, and his wife, Zella, have been in the licensing trade for about 2-years, and the "King of Denmark" is there first house.

But about 30 years ago, Mr. Lawrence's uncle was mine host at the public house.

A local couple, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence at one time lived at Cliffsend and also at Vale Square. They have an 18-year old son, who is still at school.

Before taking over the "Denmark," Mr. Lawrence was a keen pigeon fancier, a hobby for which he no longer has time, and Mrs. Lawrence worked for 12 years at Minster.

"Some of my friends from these days still come to see me," she said the other day. "This life is quite a change and it is good one as long as you like people."

An old picture of the public house dating from 1926 hangs in the bar, and at present there is a flourishing darts team, with men's and women's section.


From an email received 8 May 2016.

The Landlord in 1882 was Frederick Shapland whose sister Caroline married into the Austen family and moved away to farm in Faversham where they grew and supplied hops to the Regent Brewery until its demise.

Andy Austen.



BUSH Thomas 1871+

SHAPLAND Frederick 1881-82+ (age 29 in 1881Census)

OVENDEN William 1890-91+

CHEESEMAN Arthur 1901-11+ (age 34 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

CHEESEMAN Florence C Mrs 1913-15+

FAGG Thomas Henry King 1918+

FAGG Henry Thomas 1922+ (uncle of Raymond Lawrence)

BALLARD Edward 1924-39+

Last pub licensee had BOWLEY Alfred Philip William Feb/1948-Jan/49 Next pub licensee had (age 42 in 1939)

BOWYER John Jan/1949-53+

DARBY A G 1955-57+

LAWRENCE Raymond V (Nobby) 1962-64+


I believe that Alfred Bowley was manager to Messrs Gardner & Co, brewers, so may have been just a holding manager at the time.



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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